Fun fact of the day: on the WW Freestyle™ programme, there are over 200 ZeroPoint™ foods that you don't have to weigh, measure or track. In other words, eating them won’t cost you a single SmartPoint®.
ZeroPoint foods were chosen because they help form the foundation of healthy eating patterns. Think fibre-rich veggies and fruit as well as filling lean protein. Loading your plate with these ingredients isn’t just good for your body - it’s also great for weight loss.
That’s because ZeroPoint foods are less likely to be overeaten than other foods. For example, it’s easier to snack on six cookies than it is to eat six ZeroPoint skinless chicken breasts in one sitting!
How to use ZeroPoint foods
There’s no right or wrong way to dig into ZeroPoint foods, but these three ideas can help get you started:
- Build on them. Choose one ZeroPoint™ food as a base, then layer in extra flavour with other foods. For instance, you could start with skinless chicken breast (0 SmartPoints), add diced tomatoes (yup, zero) and top with half a light mozzarella ball (3 SmartPoints) and basil (another ZeroPoint food). Lots of yum, very few SmartPoints.
- Use them as a cushion. If you’re likely to run out of SmartPoints before the end of the day, turn to recipes made entirely of ZeroPoint ingredients, like this Moroccan-style shepherd's pie to reach the finish line within Budget. It’s like a freebie fill-up!
- Save up your SmartPoints. Going out for dinner tonight? You could focus on ZeroPoint foods at breakfast and lunch so that you have more SmartPoints to play with later on. Then, when you're sitting in front of the restaurant menu, you’ll have more flexibility to order exactly what you’re in the mood for.
Surprising ZeroPoint foods
You can probably guess what many of the 200+ ZeroPoint foods are: spinach, asparagus, broccoli, apples, strawberries…yep, they’re all on the list. But some ZeroPoint foods may surprise you. Read on to learn about these unexpected ZeroPoint foods as well as fun, tasty ways to use them.
1. Scrambled eggs
This easy, go-to breakfast dish won’t break your Budget. That’s because all eggs - whether scrambled, poached, or made into an omelette - are 0 SmartPoints. Eggs aren't just a breakfast food either: why not top this salmon kedgeree recipe with a soft boiled egg or scramble an egg into a pad Thai for a ZeroPoint texture and flavour booster?
Ooh, la la! Caviar (in brine, drained) may be pricey, but it won’t cost you a single SmartPoint.
And pineapple, watermelon, kiwi, papaya... Tropical fruit snacks and fruit salads are great for easy, on-the-go snacks. Just make sure you choose unsweetened fruit that isn't swimming in sugar syrup.
Go fish! On WW Freestyle™, every catch - whether tuna, salmon, trout, or even crab (in brine) - is a ZeroPoint food.
Butternut squash is super versatile and can be fashioned into 'boodles' - butternut squash noodles - or butternut squash chips. Give them a go using this delicious gammon and eggs recipe.
6. Plain fat-free yogurt
Delicious on its own or as the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of fresh berries, this protein packed snack will satisfy your tummy and your taste buds.
It’s not just for vegetarians! This soy-based protein can be scrambled like eggs, tossed into a stir-fry and even baked.
8. Kidney beans
There's not much you can't do with kidney beans. Throw them into a chilli con carne, add them to a curry or toss them into a three-bean salad - perfect for packed lunches!
9. Roasted chickpeas
For a quick snack at home or on the go, try these spicy roasted chickpeas. Just remember to dry the chickpeas really well for that super satisfying crunch.
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Top your BBQ burger with a couple of slices of beetroot or add to a salad for a colourful ZeroPoint flavour booster. Or, use it to build amazing meals and even desserts like our beetroot & egg hash or our chocolate & beetroot brownies! Remember to count the SmartPoints of the other ingredients and track in the WW app.
Garnish your favourite nacho dish with these spicy chilli peppers - whether that's a nacho chicken pie or our slow cooker shredded chicken nachos - or add them to a bean and lentil chilli to get your taste buds tingling.